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The Texas R&B recording industry was based in [[Houston]] with labels, such as [[Peacock Records|Duke/Peacock]], which in the 1950s provided a base for artists who would later pursue the electric Texas blues sound, including [[Johnny Copeland]] and [[Albert Collins]]. [[Freddie King]], a major influence on electric blues, was born in Texas, but moved to Chicago as a teenager. His instrumental number "[[Hide Away]]" (1961) was emulated by [[British blues]] artists, including [[Eric Clapton]]. By the 1960s and 1970s, White audiences began to take interest in rhythm and blues in East Austin, Texas. Clubs around Austin, like [[Vulcan Gas Company|Vulvan Gas Company]], [[Armadillo World Headquarters]], [[Clifford Antone|Antone's]], and Soap Creek Saloon, were the main attractions for Whites to enjoy blues music around the area. It was Antone's that was considered one of the most prestigious blues clubs in Austin. Over the years, Antone's featured some of the United State's most impressive blues artists: [[Bobby Bland]], [[Barbara Lynn]], [[Albert Collins]], [[Jimmy Rogers]], [[Muddy Waters]], [[Howlin' Wolf]], [[Hubert Sumlin]], [[James Cotton]], [[Pinetop Perkins]], [[Stevie Ray Vaughan]], Grey Ghost, and many more. Antone's created an environment where musicians, Black or White, could jam together, and learn from one another. During the 1980s, Clifford Antone opened a record label and had great success recording blues musicians from around the United States. His success began to cultivate more Austin talent, including [[Doyle Bramhall|Doyle Bramball]], [[Doyle Bramhall II|Doyle Bramball II]], Omar and The Howlers, [[Steve James (blues musician)|Steve James]], [[Sue Foley]], [[Kim Wilson]], and [[Lou Ann Barton]]. During this time, Antone continued to record bluesmen from Chicago, San Antonio, Houston, and Louisiana.<ref>{{Cite book|title=Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound|last=Govenar|first=Alan|publisher=Texas: Texas A&M University Press|year=2008|isbn=|location=|pages=485-89}}</ref>
By the late 1970s and 1980s, the Texas electric blues scene, influenced by [[country music]] and [[Blues rock|blues rock,]] began to flourish. This diverse style often featured instruments, such as keyboards and horns, with emphasis on guitar soloing. The most prominent artists to emerge in these eras where, [[Johnny Winter]], [[Edgar Winter]], [[Jimmie Vaughan]] who formed [[The Fabulous Thunderbirds|The Fabulous Thuderbirds]], [[ZZ Top]], and [[Stevie Ray Vaughan]]. It was Stevie Ray Vaughan who broke through to mainstream success during the 1980s with his virtuoso guitar playing. Stevie Ray Vaughan in now considered one of the most influential and greatest guitar players of all time, changing the way people play the [[Fender Stratocaster|Fender Stratocastor]] guitar. Stevie's guitar playing guided blues rock icons,such as [[Ian Moore (musician)|Ian Moore]], [[Kenny Wayne Shepherd]], [[Johnny Lange|Johnny Lang]], [[Chris Duarte]], [[Joe Ely]], Widgeon Holland, [[Eric Johnson]], [[Al Di Meola|Al DiMeola]], Vince Converse, [[Jake Andrews]], [[Gary Clark Jr.|Gary Clark Jr,]] [[John Mayer]], Lance Lopez, [[Indigenous (band)|Mato Nanji]], Jesse Davey, and rock titan [[Joe Bonamassa]], plus many more. If you're a guitar player, chances are, at some point, you tried to learn some SRV licks.
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